I think a lot of people are put off going to the dentist because of bad experiences, either their own or of someone they know, but my dentist was lovely and explained that there's no reason that your relationship with your dentist should be any different to your relationship with your hairdresser - someone that you see little and often to keep things in check. Particularly appointments for cleaning (which can be arranged with a hygienist so you don't even need to see a dentist) are important and, though they can be slightly uncomfortable, they are necessary as ultimately we all want our teeth to be healthy and nice to look at.
After my check up, I was chatting to Georgina (who works with Smile Right) about beauty blogging and how people rarely write about teeth despite the fact that tooth whitening is becoming very mainstream and having braces is now the norm rather than the exception. Even after a teeth cleaning I was really surprised at how much of a difference it made, and is definitely something I'll be doing more often. If you're nearby (or local to the other Smileright clinic in Cheltenham) they are on Facebook and Twitter so check them out!
We go through a lot to look after our teeth and I think it's better to find out now what we can be doing to protect them rather than trying to sort out years of neglect when it starts to take it's toll. And finding a good dentist is a good first stop for that.
What are your thoughts on going to the dentist - chore or routine? Have you ever been nervous at the thought of getting your teeth checked?